Northwest Country Music

Bio

BrewersGrade_blackandwhite_Blur_1Brewer’s Grade has been delivering solid performances of 100% ORIGINAL Northwest Country music since 2013, but that is not where their journey began. Members Zac Grooms (guitar, vocals) and Cody Christopherson (drums) have been performing together for over 16 years. They were joined by brothers Al (guitar) & Nolan (bass) Hare in 2006 to form the band “Unwound” which boasted a busy schedule and loyal following as a traveling cover band performing across the Northwest for many years. After the 2012 addition of Grammy nominated Joe Smart, National Flat-picking Champion and multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro), the band decided to take a more focused approach towards their original material which led to the relaunch of the band as Brewer’s Grade and the release of their debut album “Jumpin’ In.”

The album, which features polished and heartfelt vocals, a solid, driving rhythm section, and expertly crafted solos and fills, showcases the group’s diverse range of talent and influences, along with their ability to cross genre lines while still remaining true to their country roots. The members of Brewer’s Grade are very proud to have completely written, arranged, produced and performed all of the material on each of the album’s 10 tracks and continue to maintain 100% independent ownership of the entire work.

Since the release of “Jumpin’ In” Brewer’s Grade has continued to expand their reach with appearances on large festival stages such as Bi-Mart’s Willamette Country Music Fest, as well as performances at top venues like Hollywood’s iconic “Wiskey a Go Go.” Along the way, they have been invited to share the region’s largest stages with many of country music’s biggest stars including Randy Travis, Martina McBride, Tracy Lawrence, Eric Church, Randy Houser, Steve Holy and Rodney Adkins… just to name a few.

In recent years the group has also been honored to serve as house band for legendary artists such as Jim Ed Brown, Stonewall Jackson, Jack Greene, Helen Cornealious, Jeanie Seely, Johnny Lee, T. Grahm Brown, TG Sheppard, Pam Tillis, and Deborah Allen. As momentum and demand for Brewer’s Grade continues to build, their core focus still remains on creating new music and cultivating the emerging “Northwest Country” sound. Members of the band regularly enjoy collaborating with many other highly respected Northwest Artists, and are continually working to bridge the gap between Nashville and the Northwest.

Meet The Band

Zac_FBA seasoned vocalist as well as an accomplished acoustic and electric guitarist, Zac Grooms has been writing and performing country music in the Northwest as a solo artist and band frontman for over 15 years. Zac has had a hand in writing over 40 songs including, “If I Had My Way” which went all the way to #1 on the Independent charts in 1999. Since recording his first single at age 14, Zac has won several awards, has shared the stage with various country legends, and has appeared on numerous radio shows. He continues to be highly recognized in the Northwest music community. Zac originally founded Unwound In 1999 with band-mate Cody Christopherson, and continues to entertain crowds of all sizes across the region with Brewer’s Grade.
Joe_FBJoe Smart is a Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist, studio musician, and producer who has been playing and performing music since the age of eight. He began on the guitar, moving on to the fiddle, mandolin, and recently taking up the banjo and resonator guitar. With influences from Bach to Van Halen and everything between, his musical style has been molded into a diverse amalgam of folk, blues, rock, jazz, and classical. In 2007 he released his debut solo instrumental album “Guitarman”. Joe regualrly performs all across the world and has worked with various bands and artists over the years. Joe joined Brewer’s Grade in November of 2011.
Cody_FBCody Christopherson began his music career at age 13. He quickly excelled at playing drums, as well as acoustic, electric and bass Guitar. In high school Cody cofounded the band “Unwound” with Zac Grooms, and continued to play drums and develop the band for more than 10 years. Through arrangement and recording, booking and promotions, Cody’s style and attitude has been an important component in the formation of the band’s identity. After a brief hiatus Cody has returned to the lineup and is ready to devote the same tenacity that originally helped push the band to early success.
Al_FBAl Hare was born and raised in The Dalles Oregon where he began playing guitar at age 15. Al spent years mastering his guitar craft pulling in a diverse collection of styles including Van Halan and Stevie Ray Vaughn, as well as Brent Mason and Vince Gill. Playing music throughout the gorge area during the 90s and 00s, Al became a well respected multi-genre guitarist and the perfect fit for a rising modern country band. In 2004 Al joined the band and has since been a driving force in local music, a popular guitar teacher, and one of the finest country lead guitarist in the Northwest. Al plays Valley Arts and Fender guitars through Fender and Vox amps.
Nolan_FBMusic has always been a focal point in the life of Nolan Hare. He first took the stage in his early school days and has rarely been a member of the audience since. Growing up in a home where it wouldn’t be uncommon to hear Metallica, James Taylor, Chopin, Eric Clapton, Easy-E, and Garth Brooks throughout the course of a day, has helped Nolan develop an appreciation for all styles of music. Since joining the band as the bass player in 2008 he has contributed more than just his musical talents. With a background in live radio, event production, and web development, he has successfully maintained the band’s professional image keeping them on par with larger touring acts.